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TOTM Useless Unless You Use It

Discussion in 'Survival Topic of the Month' started by Seacowboys, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Back in 2005, my home was invaded by thieves. We had a party that night and maybe 100 people showed up and stayed for music and crawfish. Many of the attendees were neighbors that my wife had invited, though I did not know any of them. The party ended around 01:00 and we went to bed. Both guest rooms were occupied over night, one with a couple and their pit-bull dog. I left the alarm system un-armed so that if they needed to take their dog out or one of them wanted a smoke, they could access the back deck. Around 02:00, my dogs awakened me that there was someone in my gun room, which also doubles as my home office. I told them to stand down, that it was probably just Holly checking her email.

    When I got up the next morning, the first thing I noticed was a loaded flare pistol lying on the floor in my office. I picked it up and wondered, pre-coffee, why it was there but it didn’t register just yet. As the morning progressed Jimi and her guests decided to go to the beach for the day and as I was carrying everything to the car for them, I noticed the gate door was hanging with a broken hinge. Guess one of my more inebriated guests had problems with it…then I went back inside to my office and that’s when I noticed a very expensive shotgun lying in the floor and my safe open. There was a trail of silver coins that I followed to the gate. After inventorying, I discovered that someone had entered my house, located the flare gun in my shop and armed themselves before continuing back to my gun room, they took a little Rambo robs a liquor store kit, an AR 15, a 1911 (0ne of a matched pair), a S&W Combat Masterpiece (a very rare factory single-action), a Llama mini-1911 in .22, a loaded tactical vest with several magazines, holsters, magazines, ammo, and speed loaders for the guns they took, a big bag of silver coins, a Blackjack Blackmoor dirk that they swapped scabbords with a Gerber MK1 knife, and they took my spare keys with alarm FOB.

    I immediately had the locks and alarm codes changed on the house. A week later, I was stepping from a plane in Trinidad, when my phone rang. It was the alarm company telling me a window alarm was going off and if I wanted them to call the police. I called one of my people at the office, only minutes away from my home and Jim responded with his Glock and awaited the Sherriff to arrive. They were not successful in their second attempt. Two nights later, my wife was awakened by the puppies just before the door alarm went off. She was already up with a flashlight and her pistol and took a pot-shot at a fleeing shadow.

    That is when we decided to up-grade the puppies to include Maggie. Maggie is a sweet female Doberman. Females have an innate protective instinct and do not waste their time or attention pissing on trees or sniffing other dog’s butts. I installed motion activated cameras in key areas that email me when activated and I can remotely log into their view. Lemon trees and roses now obstruct access to my windows. More motion activated floodlights surround the house. I have motion activated Game cameras in front of the house and a motion detector alarm that emits a high-frequency sound that only my dogs can hear. If it proves to be more than a passing skunk, they get aggressive and wake me up. Sometimes, they awaken me for a skunk or armadillo, but I don’t mind so much. I ignored them again a few weeks ago and someone stole my pickup toolbox that I had removed and left alongside the driveway.

    My point is, that regardless of your security system, if you don’t actually use it ALL THE TIME, it does absolutely nothing except lower your insurance premiums a few dollars each month.

    As an aside, a few days ago, this kid on a mini-bike stopped to chat with me. He was asking about Maggie. I told him that she would not bite as long as I was with her but if he ever saw her and I wasn’t around, to leave very slowly, back the way he came or she would likely attack him. He asked me if I bought her because of my house being broken into? This set off alarms with me. This kid may have been all of 3 or 4 years old when my house was broken into. I did not mention this to any of our neighbors, not really knowing any of them and certainly not wanting to get to know them any better. I see this kid has a couple of older brothers. They have only recently moved into a house down the road from me but I have seen them driving by over the years and put them on my watch-list.
  2. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I feel your pain. I hate thieves with a passion. I'm wanting one of those steel shipping container, so I can lock up stuff better on my hunting property. Quite a bit of stuff has walked away, and they destroyed my 4X4 car.
  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    It is a horrible feeling to have your home burglarized. The terrible thing about your situation is that it's recurring. If you end up trying to set up your own bait and catch and anybody is hurt, you can bet you would be facing criminal charges unless you know some people. It's just a bad situation.

    A large percentage of burglaries are committed by teens and men in their early twenties, and often steal from homes close to their own neighborhood. Looks like one bad kid has decided to treat your home like his own personal Wal-Mart.

    As a last resort you could plan to move, if possible. We don't live in a country where we can round up a posse and hunt the criminals down any longer.
    Witch Doctor 01 and tulianr like this.
  4. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder

    Oh man, it hurts me to read the list of stuff they stole. :(

    Our neighborhood had a rash of break ins a few years ago but it stopped when some renters in a nearby house left town. Which is probably a good thing because there were a lot of homeowners hiding in bushes with shotguns once word of the break ins got around town.
  5. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep Site Supporter++

    Yeah, we have a lot of Meth-Heads/Chef's where I live.
    We let our dogs run the property at night, (Not something you would want to encounter in the dark, 90lb. Black Lab and a German Sheppard) and our house alarm is armed when we are not at home.
    The good thing is they just stole thing's, things can be replaced, it could have turned out worse for you, getting shot with your own gun would have been bad!
    P.S. give me a call, never know when your around!
  6. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    @Sea have you heard about microdots ?


    Operation Hands Off!

    microdots can be applied to the items you want to protect or you can "shower" thieves in tiny microdots, that stick to the perps and are very difficult to take off, when they trip an alarm.

    They are not available on amazon and they might be too expensive for certain items :(
  7. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    We had some people breaking into our house when we would go to town for our monthly shopping a few years back. They never seemed to take anything, but our 3 dogs we left at home, apparently to get inside, they beat the dogs. And that's what pissed me off more than anything. They quit doing it when the new neighbors built a corral for their horse which I guess blocked off the way the *censoreds* were coming onto our property.
  8. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Watch out during funerals and weddings... both are posted in the paper and crooks are using them to know when you are not home... Sind a house sitter while you are out... a friend to watch things during the funeral.. if a family member is getting married... leave a couple of cars at their apartment /home so it looks lived in...
    ditch witch likes this.
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